Your cabinet doors swing open like a dream today-but what about tomorrow? Safeguard your investment by choosing a manufacturer that offers a solid warranty.
You'll be ahead of the game if you know the terms of the following typical warranties. Most manufacturers offer different warranties for the cabinetry and the drawer suspension system and hinges:
Ensures that the drawer, drawer guides and hinges will be free from defects in material and workmanship after normal use, for as long as the original purchaser owns the home.
Cabinets will be free in defects from material and workmanship under normal use to the original consumer for a period of five years from the date of purchase.
If the cabinetry fails during the predetermined warranty period due to normal use, the manufacturer will repair the defect or provide replacement parts.
Limitations may still apply. Many manufacturers stipulate that the warranty only extends to single-family, non-rental homes and does not cover damage from misuse, abuse, neglect, improper storage, defects caused by installation/storage/transportation, moisture and heat.
If defects occur, the manufacturer has the option to either repair or replace the defective material or component at its discretion. The warranty only covers parts and materials, not the cost of installation or removal.
Natural factors will alter the cabinets over time; the manufacturer is not responsible for exact color matching.
Check to see if the warranty transfers with ownership: this could be valuable if you're planning on selling your home.
Be sure to keep all warranty information in one folder in a safe place. Understand the terms of your warranty clearly: some warranties go into effect on the day the cabinets were purchased, others use delivery and installation as starting points. Also check to see if purchasing an extended warranty is an option.